If you are starting the search for the perfect engagement ring but have not found the right one yet, the idea of a custom piece of jewelry may have popped up in conversations or internet searches. Many people think this is something for the mega-rich or celebrities, but it can be a great option for you and your spouse-to-be.
It often surprises people that a custom ring can be in the same price range as a traditional ring. Plus, you get a piece of jewelry that no one else has while telling your personal love story.
Telling Your Story
A big reason couples opt for a custom ring is not just because they can’t find anything else they like, but because it allows them to tell their story through a piece of jewelry. There are many ways you can incorporate your personality and commitment to each other in one ring:
- Through the design of the prongs
- With the number of diamonds (e.g., using an amount of diamonds equal to the years you’ve been together)
- Colored gemstones
- Adding your own handwriting on the band
Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts
- Choose a reputable jeweler
Ask your friends and family for personal recommendations and make sure you pick someone who seems to understand what you want to create. Also, if you are buying a diamond from the jeweler, it should come with a gem ID report from a reputable organization such as Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or an appraisal from another accredited organization.
- Start early
It could take weeks or even months before your new ring is in your possession. This isn’t something that will (or even should) be quick; most couples report it takes at least six weeks on average. Remember, the creative journey should be a fun experience.
- Understand the process
Once you settle on a jeweler and begin creating your ring, he or she will likely create a sketch based on what you are asking for. The jeweler can even make a raw mold or a 3D image. This is the time to ask for any changes and revisions in order to make sure you love the final product.
- Try on a lot of settings
Know what looks good on you before you head to your jeweler. Also, gather photos of rings you like to help him or her get a sense of your style. Be prepared to answer questions such as:
What metal do you prefer?
What is your favorite diamond shape?
Do you like sharp lines or rounded edges?
Do you like halos?
- Consider buying both rings at the same jeweler
Buying both your engagement ring and wedding band at the same time or at least from the same jeweler allows them to match well as the jeweler already knows your sense of style. Plus, they may even work with you on pricing if you are a repeat customer.
Create and Insure
Making your custom ring as a couple can be rewarding as you begin your life together. Knowing that no one else will have the same ring lets it truly be the most meaningful item you own. As fun as the creative process can be, don’t forget one of the most important steps: insuring your new precious jewel. Once the idea in your head is a reality on your finger, contact Lavalier.com for your personalized jewelry quote.
- 5 Tips for Buying a Custom Engagement Ring. www.bridalguide.com. (accessed February 18 2020).
- How to Create and Design Your Own Custom Engagement Ring. www.brides.com. (accessed Feb 18 2020).